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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know anything of the Euro-Pro Intelli-Sew? Looking for opinions. on: December 12, 2007 07:30:48 AM
Here's the story. Every machine that I have ever owned have been Singer brand. Recently I have had a very crappy experience with the last machine I bought which I have had for less than a year and after bringing it in to get repaired the man told me that the timing was off, the gears weren't properly working, and the upper tension adjustment knob had a manufacture defect. Not very impressed for something that I've had for less than a year.

I needed a sewing machine so I went out to the local Costco and bought a "temporary" replacement that I wasn't planing on keeping, but only using to finish off one hem on a garment that was going to be worn in a fashion show that counted as my exam in one of my university classes. Turns out I kind of like the machine and may keep it, but I want to do some research on it first.

It is a Euro-Pro Intelli-Sew 400 Model 9136C.

I know nothing of Euro-Pro brand sewing machines and I can't seem to find anything online for my specific machine. I can't even find a picture. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

I found this photo, not exactly my machine, but I think it is the model under it:

I paid $299 CAD for it and Costo will give me a full refund if I want to return it. Dang I love Costco for their return policy.

I use my sewing machine for pretty much everything from making handbags and dog collars to alterations and garment construction.

Any feedback is much appreciated.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand-drawn Pet Portrait Charms - necklaces and pendants! on: November 21, 2007 06:46:47 AM
These are some custom pet portrait charms I made as a gift for my obedience trainer. She has 7 dogs, but one of them is very old and may very well die soon and decided that it would be her call if she wanted me to make a charm of her. I also made one for myself of my pink American Staffordshire Terrier, Kali - whom I dyed fushia for Halloween! Really funny how people's attitudes change toward pitbulls when they are hot pink. I've been thinking of dyeing her a different color every month just to repell the negative attention she usually gets, but definately doesn't deserve... Anywho enough with my little rant - Onto the charms!

They are all hand-drawn by me on shrink plastic, with reference to a photo of the dog.


PS: I also posted this in the jewelry forum - wasn't sure which was best to post in!

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / where to buy decent hardware for making dog collars? on: October 27, 2007 03:08:03 PM

I'm looking for buckles, "d rings", and side release buckles. I did a quick google search but didn't find any places that I would dare purchase from. All of this stuff can more than likely be found in "handbag/purse hardware." So if anyone knows of a good online supplier for these kinds of things.... Please enlighten me! Please!!!

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded spider necklaces. on: October 18, 2007 04:25:03 PM
Secretly, I love spiders!
Each spider has been inspired by a tale of my own making, an actual myth that I stumbled upon, or an actual spider species.

The Kitchen Sink Spider


The Snow Spider

The Golden Luck Spider

The Goblin Spider

The Brown Recluse Spider

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Slytherin book purse... on: October 05, 2007 06:52:29 AM
I'm sure you guys are getting tired of these, but I'm just so proud that I have to share.

Hand-painted crest with handwritting in the background (on both sides of the cover) with the Slytherin bit of the sorting hat's song:

"Or perhaps in Slytherin, you'll make your real friends. Those cunning folk use any means, to achieve their ends."

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / You might belong if Gryffindor... - Harry Potter inspired book purse on: September 20, 2007 07:20:17 AM
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors appart.

This text is handwritten on the front and the back of the book cover. On the front is a handpainted Gryffindor house crest (to which I took a bit of artistic liberty with). The handles are hand-made as well.

For some strange reason I got a lens flare right up next to the crest. This is not a flaw on the cover.

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Morsmordre! A book purse inspired by the resurrection of Lord Voldermort. on: September 20, 2007 07:13:03 AM
Bone of the father, unkowingly given, you will renew your son.
Flesh of the servant, willingly given, you will revive your master.
Blood of the enemy, forcibly taken, you will resurrect your foe.

These words are repeated and handwritten from the front to the back of the book cover. In the center is a handpainted dark mark in gold and silver.

28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / SHIPPING - What special things do you do when shipping your orders? on: September 01, 2007 11:57:48 AM
I just started selling on Etsy about a month ago and I'm just curious as to what special things all you etsy sellers do when packaging your sold items? Also, if for instance you wrap your parcel all fancy-like, do you factor this cost into your shipping?

I really believe that when you do a little something extra, it goes a long way and not to mention it is good for your feedback.

I wrap all of my parcels in local newspaper and finish it off with ribbon. I also include two business cards and a handwritten thank-you letter with each item. Nothing too fancy yet, as I've just started. Also, I haven't been including this in my shipping costs.

What about all of you?
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Harvest Of Short Stories - An autumn themed book purse on: August 25, 2007 09:59:53 AM
Yet another of my book purses. I love this one!

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / You might belong in Hufflepuff... A Harry Potter inspired book purse! on: August 10, 2007 09:27:37 AM
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil!

I started off with an old book and spray-painted it with a flat black. Then I hand-painted the Hufflepuff house crest on the cover and hand-wrote the little snippet of the song in the background (it's also on the back of the book too). Varnished it, and turned it into a purse!


Here is a tutorial for the handles:
Here is a tutorial I found on craftster for a book purse, not the same as mine, but close enough:

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